Cancer – Mxyoid Liposarcoma

Monday, January 25, 2010

Ever since I joined religious life 28 years ago I have been a faithful daily journalist. I reflect on the blessings each day brings, what I learn about life, God and myself, and also pay close attention to the struggles and difficulties I need to work through. When I finish one volume and open the pages of a new one, I pause and wonder what God will write in the next chapter of my life?

When I finish one volume and open the pages of a new one, I pause and wonder what God will write in the next chapter of my life?

Cancer! Mxyoid Liposarcoma or sarcoma for short. Discovering I have cancer just a month ago marks one of those big life turning points. When illness strikes you wonder how that’s part of God’s plan, or where that difficult journey will take you. Yet it’s part of the human condition we all share in. I was very sad and scared when I first heard. I’m hopeful now because the doctors believe we’re headed toward a cure, but it will take several months of chemo, radiation, and eventually surgery to treat this right.

Here at St. Joseph’s, I get letters every day from people asking the children and I to pray for healing, comfort, patience, and hope that so many people need when faced with health concerns and personal problems.  As I continually pray for those needs, I ask for your prayers in return.  I know my recent illness has already deepened my sense of compassion and solidarity.

I won’t be able to answer everyone’s notes personally, but with this space, I, or staff, can give you updates, and also give you a chance to write anything you may wish to share.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

2 thoughts on “Cancer – Mxyoid Liposarcoma”

  1. Wow..It has been a year already… Feb 2 it will be two years for me. I had my most recent follow up on Friday of last week. I got a clean bill of health. It was a relief. Each time you go you worry/wonder if today is the day your world will turn upside down again? I stand in faith and believe in the my cure..but, it forces you to again accept God’s mercy and love in a real way.
    God bless you Father Steve, and thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  2. How far you have come in this past year. Thanks go to God and to your health care providers, as well as to those who have prayed on your behalf.

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